NCSU-Cincinnati Observations

September 23, 2011 

N.C. State has major issues on defense but it clearly misses running back Mustafa Greene. The Wolfpack had minus-21 rushing yards in the first half of Thursday night's game at Cincinnati.

Take away Mike Glennon's negative yards for sacks, and Curtis Underwood (four carries, 3 yards) and James Washington (two carries, minus-1 yard) still could barely break positive yardage.

Greene, who injured his foot in spring practice, has missed the first four games and was projected to return to practice next week, but there's a chance he could redshirt this season if he's not fully healed from offseason surgery.

At one point in the second quarter, with end A.J. Ferguson out with a knee injury and tackle Brian Slay out with an ankle injury, N.C. State used walk-on Jacob Kahut on the defensive line.

The unit was already missing tackle J.R. Sweezy (fractured left foot), tackle Thomas Teal (fractured left foot) and end Jeff Rieskamp (shoulder).

Ferguson returned to the field before the end of the half but Slay, who injured his right ankle, did not.

Glennon's 87-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Graham in the second quarter was the fifth-longest in school history. Glennon has four touchdown passes of 60 yards or longer, three to Graham.

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